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egypt on the edge security forces begin using their right to fire killing morsi is loyalists on friday as orders of supporters of the ousted president take to the streets despite the danger. messing in china's backyard washington ops its military aid to the philippines boosting control in the oil rich south china sea but adds more fuel to the friction with beijing. plus the u.s. government swaps on virtual currencies like bitcoin with the senate saying the sector must be regulated.
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this is r.t. coming to you live from the russian capital armory and josh welcome to the program now neither side of the egyptian standoff is willing to back down with a first dance having occurred in what's been declared as a friday of anger at least for supporters of deposed president mohamed morsy have been killed by police who were given the green light to fire a threat that has islam as began nationwide marches vowing to revenge after hundreds fell victim to a brutal crackdown on dissent the army has set up checkpoints and deployed military vehicles in egypt's biggest cities we'll talk to our correspondent in cairo and next hour but right now beltran is trying to reach our studio through the intensified security in the capital. in the meantime he can access what belcher is seeing online she's updating developments from the heart of egypt's deadly turmoil find her at twitter dot com slash about.
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true. well more disturbing footage of civilians being fired on allegedly by army snipers in cairo is emerging online and this video you can see several man helping another person who appears to be wounded the gunshots are apparently heard in the background just as one of the man begins carrying the wounded away his head by a bullet a british t.v. camera man was also killed during the gunfire apparently a victim of snipers are just cause we're has been hearing survivors accounts when she visited one of the mosque that's now a more. up to every battle days of reckoning this is where the tally for this week's deadly clashes is taking place here i mean that human must where the bodies of that date and burnt are being false and it was here finally we safina helmi mohammed found her son she learnt on facebook the twenty three year old had been killed she tried in vain to get through sniper fire to reach the a dummy
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a mosque where he'd been camping for weeks. and died in two bullets one was an historic their army claims the protesters had weapons but it was a peaceful sit in the police killed him they were standing on top of the roofs they burned some of the bodies and burned some people alive but it was egypt's most bloody day of violence since the revolution two and a half years ago this old man managed to save his koran but not his wife she was among the hundreds killed many of them burned beyond recognition tis of anguish against the backdrop of angry demonstrations i think that's why you moshe sisi obey the. people when they go to the street in the jones it is i think is said that i let's say i'm obeying the will of the you should be able to the street how about this people would stay in the street for forty seven days then they would rise and their gift is to kill them dr mohammad mahmoud was on duty. the first casualty
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started coming in within hours he treated civil dozen patients they wounds were worse than anything he'd seen before marking a turning point he says from which there is no return the egyptian army usually defend people that's what we know they gyptian army even though our religion we have some prophecies said these are the best army and over the world but not to kill his own people he's the egyptians all as we owe our history with the egyptian army to defend us not to kill us because that's why i'm saying this is a very bad and black chapter of the accusations and counter-accusations are heating up each side blames the other for unprovoked excessive violence the army stands accused of firing at an armed protesters while the brotherhood is feared for spreading violence anything is possible now unfortunately in every single step that we've been witnessing from since january twenty five. we don't think the next step
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is going to happen it's so far away and then it happens so anything is possible now the interior ministry has given police a green light to use live ammunition against anyone who attacks government buildings while the muslim brotherhood is vowing nothing will stop its glorious revolution in a country many fear is now teetering on the brink of civil war policy r.t. cairo all u.s. president has spoken about the egyptian crisis and barack obama strongly condemn the actions by security forces and announced the u.s. is canceling a joint military exercise with egypt but america will still continue sending over a billion dollars in annual aid to the army a spokeswoman from the british egyptians for democracy group says this runs counter to washington's declared stance on the mocker city. it's actually quite shameful to see countries and leaders of western governments who hail themselves because of democracy supporting the slaughter of democracy and its supporters in egypt what
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obama came out and said yesterday is simply not enough this is what the obama subsidies to the army buys the slaughter of innocent men women and children the army may have pulled the trigger yes but it was the west that loaded the gun and the west must take an active stance against this it's not too late to side with democracy in egypt they must come out they must reject what is happening in egypt these cosmetic diplomatic maneuvers of free calling ambassadors and the tepid statements again they are not enough we are talking about people dying and revolution. washington is in talks with the philippines. and watching r t and washington is in talks with the philippines on a new security deal it wants a greater access to the country's military facilities to deploy troops equipment
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aircraft and ships washington's growing engagements in the asia pacific are eating up billions of dollars with alice citing china's growing clout as a main reason why washington has been steadily beefing up its military presence in the region japan one of its made our eyes with fifty thousand american troops deployed there south korea comes in second with over twenty eight thousand military personnel well there's also the security harbor of guam which hosts several american military bases and under the asia oriana policy the us has been strengthening its alliances with this trail yet the philippines singapore thailand and vietnam deploying troops as well as seeking to sign cooperation agreements. well washington claims it's just protecting its economic interests in the region but as our scott explains that's not the whole story america's increasing interest in the asia pacific is defined by the white house as an attempt to strengthen
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economic and security interests in a paper released in two thousand and twelve washington makes no attempt to shy away from the fact that china's dominance in the region is a concern saying its emergence has the potential to negatively affect america's economy and security but go some way to explaining exactly why the u.s. is beefing up its military presence in the region but the exact extent of their muscle flexing is causing some to suggest it's an attempt at containment which will only intensify friction in the region the idea that the united states is protecting the interests of the world against chinese influence is clearly absurd all the united states is doing is ratcheting up military tension and pressure in the world doesn't need it at all disputes over territory are the main reason for heightened tensions the south china sea rich in oil and fish is the main bone of contention washington is backing its ally the philippines in that to speed up its military
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support to the nation by two thirds while also strengthening its military ties with indonesia singapore malaysia brunei and vietnam the united states say there needs to be greater clarity over china's strategic intentions but as washington maintains they want dialogue they continue to expand their military presence on china's doorstep rattling the world's second largest economy a dangerous game of brinksmanship in a region where tensions are already high. well china meanwhile has begun a four day military exercise in the east china sea an area subject to territorial disputes with japan countries in the region are seeking us for to resist china's push to claim islands in the east and south china seas international affairs expert dr authorise and pat burke thinks beijing would inevitably challenge america unless washington turns down the heat. the u.s. tries to kind of contain china at the moment that china has
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a duty because of its military rise to actually challenge the reigning champion in the u.s. and likewise u.s. of course cannot retreat or retire out it has a very substantial and china's influence is growing even by west meddler standouts china's already the second largest economy it is sure to surpass us i think there's no doubt that about this it's work to figure out the last saw india and the u.s. has to work to gather with china instead of suppressing its rising influence. while russian champion athletes hit the headlines but not for her sport. on the respect to our country it's not respectful to our citizen. the star pole vaulter leaves on those using the world championships to protest russia's ban on gay propaganda towards minors more and dad just ahead.
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more news today violence is once again flared up. and these are the images girl has been seeing from the streets of canada. trying to corporations rule the day.
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welcome back this is our tina digital currency is led by bitcoin have become so influential that they are now turning hands in washington a u.s. senate committee has started a probe into what it calls an important emerging area that needs to be regulated online and entirely decentralized bitcoin has been gaining momentum and pushing its way towards the mainstream and its value rocketed earlier this year peaking at more than two hundred dollars up from almost zero when i was first introduced in two
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thousand and nine economist mark thornton says washington wants to control big corn to ensure that it can be used to hijack the greenback. their stated objective to investigate these currency these virtual currency is that they may be used for illegal means or they may be used for tax evasion and money laundering purposes which of course that does occur but that also occurs with u.s. currency which is the major currency for drug dealers and smugglers of all sorts so we have to look a little deeper here at these investigations and what we find is that of course the major credit card companies are concerned about bitcoin is a competitor because it's cheaper and faster than their own services there's no fees involved and so they're concerned and also the federal reserve and the treasury are concerned that in the long run virtual currencies may siphon off some of the demand for the u.s.
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dollar so the government is concerned about that quantum popularity that many different levels. all the alternative currency has one official recognition of what the u.s. federal judge's ruling that it is real money that announcement was made during the trial of a texan charged with fraud for a bitcoin biggest ponzi scheme worth millions of dollars are just peed all over it went to mean those working to make sure big cohen succeed. good point. pete coyne can see are filling those developing the digital currency perhaps a little bunkers has the potential to be brilliant but we're still in the early days down the road i think it has tremendous potential and the thing next yes it can be you everybody wants to convenience it's there it's in so-called spaces like this one in bratislava the kinks in the currency being ironed out by a dedicated inclusive group even holding a wedding within
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a digital then to care for and protect each other you're from. the developers may soon an unconventional group this is an incompetent currency not controlled by any government or central bank this peer to peer method of exchange and run chanting it will take the stand there. like life cycle of every technology of every new technology hoping to keep swill use it first. sooner or later the customers will use however with one bitcoin currently being worth around seventy euro and only existing in cyberspace it's not really being cohesive with the high street until now are we make. denominations of points like. some kind of five euro two euro one euro in that size which would be for example serial point zero one bitcoin and it would look like this actually if we want to
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make it easy to use solution for down like to keep coins in their daily life paid their daily life things with bitcoins like a pizza or a coke at a bar or something like that security online is a major concern for us all these days so developers are looking into a number of ways to protect consumers cash we already talk with some. security labeling companies. they will do some labels like with follow ground self destroy if you rip them off so we tried really to make it really secure for people that they can be sure that's the point. so they really can use it for trading due to the digital make sure you can be there's no limit to shade the physical appearance you can take you can stamp a q.r. code on it it will work just how easy is it to use you possibly to your credit i
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start my char reader. and since this one was not claimed before i can just claim it no it's not it's mine it's going. to being talented alongside gold and silver is the only safe investments by those in the know. absolutely triumphed as the dollar has crashed ninety per cent they get bit by as bitcoin is set to take on the world and root out the banks stirrers and if this continues pretty soon might not be only for nerds they could be the cash in all our pockets peter all of our t. bratislava slovakia. and r.t. dot com right now fugitive whistleblower edward snowden puts his safety on the line the former n.s.a. contractor has stopped his father for the first time since fleeing the u.s. the spying warnings from his lawyers we've got the details online. plus japanese
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scientists brace for the most dangerous cleanup mission to date at the fukushima nuclear power plant we've got live updates on the operation at r.t. dot com. right see. first rate. and i think that you're. on our reporters with. the. russian a lot of star you and some by what has hit the headlines again but this time it's words rather than world records she defended the country's ban on gay propaganda towards minors which has caused controversy and calls in europe to boycott the sorts the winter olympics next year are his music often it has the details. this
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past week moscow has played host to track and field championships on tuesday the american runner nick symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the eight hundred meter meter race to gay friends and several swedish athletes painted their nails in rainbow colors but the remarks made by you lead them by a bus was of course the world champion pole vaulter and the biggest star in russian track and field certainly we have not had the debate over gay rights in russia and the world of sports on the respect to our concert some respect to our seats isn't because russians maybe are different than european people then there are people from different lands we have our low rates everyone have to respect and if some police and they've some who are not enough just try to make such a problem as they does. begins because of the big book because of our law so i think it's unfair front of the now isn't bibles commented sparked major rebuke from international media outlets an athlete even calls to strip her
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international olympic committee and bass or ship rolled now in response to this criticism she did issue a statement today saying that english simply isn't her first language that she wanted to say that quote people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests of that country she also added that she is opposed to any discrimination against gay people now just a reminder to our viewers the bill in question criminalize the public an expression of support for nontraditional relationships russian lawmakers say that it doesn't outlaw homosexuality but merely discourages the discussion of it among younger people people younger than eighteen and there have been scattered calls for a boycott of the twenty fourteen winter olympics in the russian city of sochi but no country or athlete has yet declined to attend and most officials including u.s. president barack obama have called a boycott unnecessary. i devastating floods are spreading through russia's far east around fourteen thousand people have already been evacuated from crisis stricken
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areas that he tells from artie's lindsey france now. there's a psych loan that is forming over the pacific ocean and it's set to bring a large amount of reciprocation through neighboring china and into those far east regions and unfortunately it means that those flood waters are going to crest between today and the twenty third and a temporary accommodation has been set up for the thousands of people that have been made homeless by this flood and not to mention the homes that have been ruined but also the road networks the bridges the infrastructure that have been completely wiped out by this now the russian health minister has arrived has flown over the areas affected and has a bribe to the far east to touch down and make sure that everyone's getting what they need for its part of the defense ministry has also ensured that an additional troops equipment and medical supplies are on hand you've got a lot of families very young children out there that now have no commendation but thank goodness it's summertime so at least those frigid temperatures are obviously
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at bay but this flood being in the third week it means that these people who are out of immediate danger are looking to the future and for people who depend on the land for their livelihood it means it means ruined crops and it means a livestock at peril because their food sources have been ruined by the flood waters so obviously these people are looking at a huge rebuild after the flood peaks but help is there and more is on the way will obviously be keeping a very close eye on this over the weekend to see what ends up happening with this cycle moving in a over the pacific ocean where half a million pounds worth of british supplies have fallen until the hands and that's the embarrassing admission from the government department which hands out aid u.k. taxpayers are unhappy especially since they are enduring a stary while westminster is fans a larger proportion of their money on foreign assistance than any other g eight nation party sarah firth and
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a panel of guests discussed the budget blunder. seemingly endless government cuts and without anyone tightening their belts and claims that the government has been less than careful with the public has been met with understandable concern britain's foreign aid spending has once again come under this public scrutiny whilst at home whitehall waste has in the recent past including amongst other things spending on motivational magicians so have the government tried one trick too many to convince the british taxpayer that being careful with money or hates work i'm joined by three guests other than the girl for the taxpayers' alliance. from left to see and john hillery from the world want to thank you very much for joining us taxpayers a lot of the areas that should be focused i mean i think those who are just absolutely i mean if you look at councils across the country they're spending local government itself is just wasting kinds of taxpayers' money on things like
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motivational magician's so if you look at central government itself i mean last year alone one hundred sixty six million was spent on projects sector employees sending their kids to private school these are kind of things that you know people need to look into yeah but they sometimes i mean it's very easy to come up with these things and something tragic twenty billion pounds a year this is some danger of. man much is spent on magicians you know considerably worse than that it's going to rain in a cup one concert and it's council time there is nothing i want to know my money is going towards you know in terms of the different budget itself i don't want my money going towards consultants and the like from being wasted in that way and on pricey trips i want to know that my money is going to the poorest and we're expected to go on and i think that's the problem taxpayers want to know we're getting the best value for our morning and i think the government needs to show that and look into this quite you know it's an important critically critical political thing here is what you spend it on and one of the rich i think we both
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agree on this in terms of time the poor. of strong tricks revenue for public services for social marketing bouts that's absolutely right i agree that if we if we close the tax gap and then this deals with a lot of issues in terms of hysterically and also actually closing the tax gap in the developing world is vital to move away from that dependence on a few look at the bumper book of government waste we found that one hundred twenty billion patents last year alone was wasted on pings like must've taken substance i mean we took that public sector fraud cost twenty billion last year all of this money to four and a half times per family in the u.k. at a time when families are having you know hard time tightening their budgets tightening their belts this is the mouth of the mind to money and he says we're going to need to that thank you very much for doing that. and coming up you know what alan has gas debate whether the u.s.
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is a force for good in the world and that's across town in just a minute. the video game company of heroes two is facing a lot of heat from gamers inside the former soviet union in fact fourteen thousand people thus far have taken the time to sign a change dot org petition to get the game removed from former communist shelves across the land why are people so mad this looks like some sort of world war two game i mean in this type of game there's going to be a murdering of virtual rampaging through cities with rocket launchers so why did they start a petition for you to blogger called the bad comedian made a detailed twenty five minute video depicting all the gross historical inaccuracies and exaggerations throughout the game but he prefers the soviet army as
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a pack of slave driving before with every soviet officer one. nothing more than to shoot his own soldiers in the back or send them to the gulag forthwith according to polygon dot com the game exploits rare moments in the wars history like some very limited battles or soviet soldiers went in unarmed and made it look as if something rifle is infantry directly into machine gun fire was part of the soviet army manual maybe it's a bit oversensitive to flip out over a dumb video game but lies repeated often enough will become true in the minds of millions of people who play the game and that's why you can't back down when it comes to historical falsification but that's just my opinion.
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hello and welcome to crossfire all things are considered i'm peter lobo is the united states of america a force for good in the world we're still the largest economy and our unmatched military critics claim washington's defined geopolitical interests always trump its loudly proclaimed values friends of washington are given a free pass and it means real or imagined are to be destroyed and replaced. to process whether the united states is a force for good i'm joined by george samuel in new york he is a fellow at the global policy institute of london metropolitan university and in washington we cross to bruce stokes he is the director of global economic attitudes at the pew research center all right gentlemen it's just the three of us crosstalk rules in effect i mean you can jump in anytime you want and i really encourage it george the broad question is the united states
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a force for good in the world today. no i don't really think so. if we think of the post cold war era that began since one nine hundred eighty nine which would also call the uni polar air of american global hegemony i think the record of this year is really very poor. economically and financially i mean we've had from one financial crisis to another and politically it's been an air of extraordinary instability and an extraordinary number of military interventions and attacks led by the united states sometimes alone sometimes with its various satellites so i thought the record of the united states is since the end of the cold war has been really very.